Theme Of Teenage Rebellion In The Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher in The Rye, by J. D. Salinger, is a novel firstly published for adults, but was read mostly by teenagers. Moreover, the novel's protagonist, Holden Caulfield, has become a model for teenage rebellion. The book was published in 1951 in the United States, and it contains all the beliefs and the ideas of that time such as the thinking of teens at school. This period is a lapse where there was prosperity in America. In the 1950’s the books started to be more technical and most of the authors used them to express their personal opinions. Holden is a character that represents rebellion and laziness, and this caused many teenagers to get rebellious and follow his ideas. Moreover, at the time, kids were rebellious and confused. “For being …show more content…
D. Salinger, is a rebellious teen, but inside he is a nice guy. Holden says: “That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can” (Salinger 10). Holden is considered one of the most confusing and interesting characters in all books. Holden is described as an unusual character, in addition he is outlandish. In many scenes described by Salinger, he can be a marvelous person, who falls in love. Readers may see Holden as a character without a heart, but the protagonist of the novel is a delightful person. “Anyway, I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will” (Salinger …show more content…
Salinger uses a variety of techniques to evoke both hope and despair in Holden Caulfield. Holden can be pretty much considered a peculiar teenager, in fact he views the world differently than other teenagers. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden views the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no peace. This view of the world does not change significantly through the novel. However as the novel goes on, Holden gradually comes to the realization that he is powerless to change this. According to Holden, males are only bastards and stupid people; the only male that he considers normal is himself. It is evident that Holden argues with several males throughout the story. Firstly with with his roommate Straddler because he is just jealous that Straddler hooked up with the girl that Holden felt in love with, Jane. “You’re a dirty stupidsonofabitch of a moron” (Salinger 39). “Then he really let one got at me, and the next thing I knew I was on the goddam floor again” (Salinger 39). When Holden was in the room with a boy he started with him. Holden tries to become friend with the boy by “making cracks” (Salinger 44) about Catholic entities. Salinger is trying to show the reader the frustration, anger and confusion of loosing loved one, and how it can effect a person’s life. Salinger is also saying that a person needs reciprocal love to be healthy and happy. The protagonist of the

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